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bookclub@ket


Discussions of books by Kentucky authors
Grade Levels:
9-adult
Length:
30-60 minutes
Taping Rights:
Unlimited
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Web Site:
KET Online
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This KET production features discussions by a panel of readers of books written by Kentucky authors. Selections include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, history, and biography. Though the focus is on contemporary works, several Kentucky classics also have been featured since the series debuted in January 1999.

In addition to introducing a wide range of Kentucky books and authors, the bookclub@ket programs can serve as examples of how to think and talk about literature. While some of the featured books are appropriate for teaching in high school classrooms, others contain adult language and subject matter. The web site has a complete list of the selections.

Program of Studies:
Reading: Forming a Foundation, Interpreting Text, Developing an Initial Understanding, Reflecting and Responding to Text, Demonstrating a Critical Stance
Arts and Humanities: Humanity in the Arts
Writing: Writing Content, Writing Structure, Writing Process, Writing Conventions
Speaking, Listening, and Observing

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2012/13 Program Schedule

101. The Memory of Old Jack
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Wendell Berry's inspiring chronicle of Jack Beechum—a man who has spent a lifetime close to the land. A 1999 KET production.
102. The Secrets of a Fire King
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Lexington author Kim Edwards' collection of short stories. A KET production.
103. Passing for Black
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Louisville author Wade Hall's biography of former state legislator Mae Street Kidd, told mostly in her own words. A 1999 KET production.
104. Storming Heaven
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Denise Giardina's historical novel about labor struggles in the coal fields. A 1999 KET production.
105. The Natural Man
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss author Ed McClanahan's comic coming-of-age novel set in a small Kentucky town. A 1999 KET production.
106. Scissors, Paper, Rock
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Fenton Johnson's novel, which explores the loving ties and hidden fault lines within an extended Kentucky family. A KET production.
107. Midnight Magic
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Western Kentucky native Bobbie Ann Mason's book of short stories about characters emerging from a rural way of life that is fast disappearing. A 1999 KET production.
108. Come and Go, Molly Snow
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Mary Ann Taylor-Hall's novel Come and Go, Molly Snow, about the struggles of a female musician trying to make it in a bluegrass band while coping with the tragic loss of her daughter. A 1999 KET production.
109. The Scourges of Heaven
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss author David Dick's historical novel The Scourges of Heaven, set in 19th-century Lexington amid the era's devastating cholera epidemics. A KET production.
110. The Healing
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Lexington author Gayl Jones' novel The Healing, the story of a young woman whose life is changed when she discovers that she has the gift of healing. A 1999 KET production.
111. Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes, and Honest Fried Chicken
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes, and Honest Fried Chicken, a collection of recipes and anecdotes by food writer Ronni Lundy. A 1999 KET production.
112. The Same River Twice
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss author Chris Offutt's memoir The Same River Twice, in which approaching fatherhood prompts a meditation on the years since he left the hills of Kentucky at age 19 with a backpack, $200, and a sack lunch his mother had packed. A 1999 KET production.
201. The Last Day
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss author Glenn Kleier's fictional thriller set at the turn of the millennium. A 2000 KET production.
202. The Dollmaker
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Harriette Simpson Arnow's classic novel The Dollmaker, about an Eastern Kentucky family's move north in search of wartime jobs. A 2000 KET production.
203. When Cuba Conquered Kentucky
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Marianne Walker's When Cuba Conquered Kentucky, the story of the basketball team from a tiny Western Kentucky town that captured the 1952 state championship. A 2001 KET production.
204. Kinfolks
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Gurney Norman's Kinfolks, a collection of stories about an extended Eastern Kentucky family. A 2000 KET production.
205. Rice
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Rice, a book of poems by African-American teacher/poet Nikky Finney of Lexington. A 2000 KET production.
206. Icy Sparks
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Gwyn Hyman Rubio's novel Icy Sparks, the story of a young girl with Tourette syndrome growing up in Appalachia. A 2000 KET production.
207. Ahab's Wife
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Sena Jeter Naslund's Ahab's Wife, an epic novel which grew from a brief passage in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. A KET production.
208. Collectors
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss the suspense novella Collectors by Louisvillian Paul Griner. A 2000 KET production.
209. The Wall Between
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Louisville civil rights activist Anne Braden's memoir, The Wall Between. A 2000 KET production.
210. No Good Deed
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss No Good Deed, a mystery by Lexingtonian Lynn S. Hightower. A KET production.
211. Short of the Glory
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Tracy Campbell's biography of the brilliant Kentucky politician Edward F. Prichard Jr. A 2000 KET production.
212. Sorrowful Mysteries and Other Stories
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Frankfort native Normandi Ellis' book of short stories. A 2000 KET production.
301. All the King's Men
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the King's Men, based on the life of Huey Long. A 2001 KET production.
302. Lincoln of Kentucky
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Kentucky historian Lowell Harrison's book on Abraham Lincoln's Kentucky connections. A 2001 KET production.
303. Creeker: A Woman's Journey
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Linda Scott DeRosier's Creeker: A Woman's Journey, a humorous and poignant memoir of an educated and cultured woman who came of age in Appalachia. A 2001 KET production.
304. Affrilachia
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Affrilachia, a collection of poems by Frank X Walker. A 2001 KET production.
305. The Bean Trees
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Barbara Kingsolver's first novel, the story of a young Kentucky woman who grows up as she moves west and meets many unexpected challenges. A 2001 KET production.
306. Aunt Jane of Kentucky
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Bowling Green native Eliza Calvert Hall's 1907 collection of stories. A 2001 KET production.
307. Kentuckiana
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss author Johnny Payne's novel Kentuckiana, a darkly funny portrait of a dysfunctional Lexington family in the 1960s and '70s. A 2001 KET production.
308. Slender Is the Thread
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss renowned Kentucky author Harry Caudill's Slender Is the Thread, a collection of stories from his years as a country lawyer. A 2001 KET production.
309. Blackberries, Blackberries
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Crystal Wilkinson's Blackberries, Blackberries, a book of short stories based on her experiences as an African American growing up in rural Kentucky. A 2001 KET production.
310. 'O' Is for Outlaw
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Louisville mystery author Sue Grafton's 'O' Is for Outlaw. A 2001 KET production.
311. BattleFire!
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Col. Arthur L. Kelly's BattleFire!, a collection of combat stories of Kentuckians in World War II. A 2001 KET production.
312. Clear Springs
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Kentucky author Bobbie Ann Mason's memoir Clear Springs, a narrative about three generations of her Western Kentucky farm family and a way of life that has all but disappeared. A 2001 KET production.
401. The Man Who Fell to Earth
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Kentuckian Walter Tevis' science fiction novel about an extraterrestrial who visits Earth on a mission of mercy but finds loneliness and despair instead. A 2002 KET production.
402. Clotel, or, The President's Daughter
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss the first novel published by an African-American writer. A former slave himself, Kentucky-born William Wells Brown blended true stories with a fictional account of an enslaved woman. A 2002 KET production.
403. Home and Beyond
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss a collection of short stories by Kentucky authors compiled and edited by Morris Grubbs. Tales by Bobbie Ann Mason, Barbara Kingsolver, Jesse Stuart, Wendell Berry, Robert Penn Warren, Guy Davenport, and others explore the tension between the longing to leave home to explore what is beyond the familiar and the yearning to return to those comforting roots. A KET production.
404. Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Maurice Manning's Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions, a cycle of poems that takes the reader on a wild ride through the life of a man of the rural South. The book won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2001. A 2002 KET production.
405. Aging with Grace
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss University of Kentucky researcher David Snowdon's report on health, hygiene, and Alzheimer's disease among elder members of an order of Catholic nuns, the School Sisters of Notre Dame. A 2002 KET production.
406. Payne Hollow: Life on the Fringe of Society
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Harlan and Anna Hubbard's simple life on the Ohio River in Trimble County. Eschewing electricity, telephones, and other trappings of the 20th century, the Hubbards tended their garden, fished the river, and lived lives akin to those of settlers a century earlier. A 2002 KET production.
407. Hell's Angels
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Louisville native Hunter S. Thompson's inside look at the infamous motorcycle gang. A 2002 KET production.
408. Clay's Quilt
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Kentuckian Silas House's first novel—the story of a young miner picking up the pieces of a life marred by early tragedy. A 2002 KET production.
409. The Believers
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Janice Holt Giles' moving story of love and marriage set in a Shaker community. A 2002 KET production.
410. Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Sidney D. Kirkpatrick's biography of the Kentucky-born psychic—a simple man born with a complex gift who struggled to reconcile his deeply felt Christianity with his own mysterious abilities and whose work and writings still influence millions today. A 2002 KET production.
411. Nathan Coulter
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Wendell Berry's 1960 novel, a portrayal of a boy's coming-of-age in rural Kentucky that was the genesis of a long-running series of books and stories about the fictional town of Port William. A 2002 KET production.
412. Come Back to the Farm
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss a collection of short stories by Jesse Stuart. The 16 stories reflect the essence of Appalachia, portraying the pioneer spirit, self-reliance, and humor of the hill people of Stuart's homeland. A 2002 KET production.
501. Modern Medea: A Family Story of Slavery and Child-Murder from the Old South
Host Bill Goodman and a regular panel of readers discuss Steven Weisenburger's biography of Margaret Garner, a runaway slave mother who murdered her child rather than have her returned to servitude. The story was the real-life inspiration for Toni Morrison's Beloved. A KET production.
502. Yates Paul, His Grand Flights, His Tootings
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss James Baker Hall's coming-of-age novel, which unfolds through the eyes of 13-year-old Yates Paul. A 2003 KET production.
503. Hell and Ohio: Stories of Southern Appalachia
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Chris Holbrook's Hell and Ohio, a collection of nine insightful and empathetic short stories about life in contemporary Appalachia. A 2003 KET production.
504. Earth Bones
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Earth Bones, a collection of poems by former Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor. A 2003 KET production.
505. Horse of a Different Color
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Horse of a Different Color by Jim Squires, the retired newspaper editor who bred 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos. A 2003 KET production.
506. The Poisonwood Bible
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver's epic novel about an evangelical Baptist minister who takes his family to the Congo as missionaries in 1959. A 2003 KET production.
507. Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss bell hooks' Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood, a moving memoir of her childhood in Western Kentucky written in imagistic three-page segments. A 2003 KET production.
508. Ruby River
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Lynn Pruett's debut novel, which pits the proprietress of an Alabama truck stop against a Pentecostal minister. A 2003 KET production.
509. Water Street
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Crystal E. Wilkinson's second collection of short stories. A 2003 KET production.
510. Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss John Egerton's Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History, which explores all facets of Southern cuisine through descriptions of more than 150 restaurants in 24 states, 160 recipes, and the history that ties them all together. A 2003 KET production.
511. River of Earth
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Kentucky writer James Still's classic Appalachian novel, River of Earth. A KET production.
512. Thomas Merton: Essential Writings
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss editor Christine Bochen's sampler of the writings of Thomas Merton, who lived and worked at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Nelson County. A KET production.
513.
In a special one-hour program, host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Kentucky writer James Still (1906-2001) and his classic novel River of Earth. Also included are a roundtable discussion at the Hindman Settlement School with a group of younger writers (Chris Holbrook, Silas House, Leatha Kendrick, Frank X Walker, and Crystal Wilkinson), a discussion of River of Earth with Kentucky high school students, and a reminiscence at Still's gravesite. A 2003 KET production.
601. Four Spirits
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Sena Jeter Naslund's fictionalized account of life in 1960s Birmingham, AL before and after the 1963 church bombing there that killed four little girls. A KET production.
602. Thomas D. Clark of Kentucky
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Thomas D. Clark of Kentucky: An Uncommon Life in the Commonwealth, an essay collection celebrating the Kentucky historian's life and career, written by Clark's friends and colleagues and edited by John E. Kleber. A KET production.
603. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, former Louisvillian ZZ Packer's debut story collection. A 2004 KET production.
604. Rafting Rise
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Joe Survant's Rafting Rise, a collection of narrative poems set in Southcentral Kentucky's Rough, Green, and Ohio river basins in 1916 and '17. A 2004 KET production.
605. Judge
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Dwight Allen's debut novel, Judge. Set in Louisville, it explores the lives of a federal judge and those who survive him after his death. A 2004 KET production.
606. Newfound
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Jim Wayne Miller's novel Newfound, which explores rural life in Appalachia as seen through the eyes of an adolescent boy. A 2004 KET production.
607. It Was the Goodness of the Place
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Lucinda Dixon Sullivan's debut novel, It Was the Goodness of the Place, a story of love, madness, murder, and redemption set in a fictional Kentucky town. A 2004 KET production.
608. How She Knows What She Knows About Yo-Yos
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss a collection of short stories by Mary Ann Taylor-Hall (author of Come and Go, Molly Snow). A 2004 KET production.
609. Keeping Faith: A Skeptic's Journey
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Fenton Johnson's personal exploration of questions of spirituality and the lives of monks in the Catholic and Buddhist traditions. A 2004 KET production.
610. Dancing on the Edge of the Roof
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Sheila Williams' debut novel, Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, which follows a "pre-menopausal African American woman with three grown, deadbeat children" as she starts her life anew in Montana. A 2004 KET production.
611. A Parchment of Leaves
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Silas House's second novel, A Parchment of Leaves, a poignant, evocative look at the turmoil that plagues an Eastern Kentucky family during World War I. A 2004 KET production.
612.
This one-hour holiday special includes readings, discussion, music, and a flaming plum pudding. Host Bill Goodman is joined by five writers whose work appears in A Kentucky Christmas: George Ella Lyon, Graham Thomas Shelby, Jane Gentry Vance, Peggy Steele, and Dianne Aprile. A 2004 KET production.
701. What My Heart Wants To Tell
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Verna Mae Slone's extraordinary personal family history, set in the hills around Caney Creek in Knott County in the early years of the 20th century. A 2005 KET production.
702. Evil Necessity: Slavery and Political Culture in Antebellum Kentucky
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss historian Harold D. Tallant's look at the politics of slavery in Kentucky during the decades leading up to the Civil War. A 2005 KET production.
703. One Vacant Chair
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Joe Coomer's comic and poignant novel about life, death, and family ties. A 2005 KET production.
704. Poetry Special
A special edition featuring readings by Kentucky poets, an interview with former Poet Laureate James Baker Hall about the state's poetic tradition, and discussions of five featured books: Living in the Resurrection by T. Crunk, The World Is Round by Nikky Finney, Sleeping Late on Judgment Day by Jane Mayhall, Ultima Thule by Davis McCombs, and Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York by Frank X Walker. A 2005 KET production.
705. The Frontiersmen
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Allan W. Eckert's dramatic account of the taming of the region that would come to be known as Kentucky and Ohio. A 2005 KET production.
706. Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Karen Salyer McElmurray's first novel, an intense and gloomy multigenerational tale set in the hills around Inez. A 2005 KET production.
707. The Barbarian Parade: Or, Pursuit of the Un-American Dream
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Louisvillian Kirby Gann's frank and insightful coming-of-age novel. A 2005 KET production.
708. Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Bob Edwards' examination of the life and career of pioneering newsman Edward R. Murrow. A 2005 KET production taped before a live audience at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
709. A Taste of the Sweet Apple
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Jo Anna Holt Watson's recollection of life on a tobacco farm in the 1940s. A 2005 KET production.
710. Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories from Appalachia
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss public radio commentator Bob Sloan's debut collection of short stories. A 2005 KET production.
711. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Michael Dorris' best-selling multi-generational tale of three Native American women. A 2005 KET production.
712. The Way West
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss A.B. Guthrie Jr.'s adventurous and insightful tale of the Western passage and the pioneer spirit. A 2005 KET production.
801. The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Kim Edwards' debut novel about fraternal twins—a healthy boy and a girl with Down syndrome. A 2006 KET production.
802. On the Right Side of a Dream
Host Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Sheila Williams' entertaining sequel to Dancing on the Edge of the Roof. A 2006 KET production.
803. Deaf Hearing Boy: A Memoir
Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss R.H. Miller's memoir of his childhood and adolescence as the oldest of four hearing boys born to deaf parents. A 2006 KET production.
804. A Garden in Kentucky/A Simple Human Motion
Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss poetry by Jane Gentry and Jeff Worley. A 2006 KET production.
805. Lonesome Road
Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Martha Bennett Stiles' novel about a mother whose child has been kidnapped. A 2006 KET production taped before a live audience at the London branch of the Laurel County Public Library.
806. Of Woods and Waters: A Kentucky Outdoors Reader
Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss an anthology edited by Ron Ellis that celebrates the Kentucky outdoors by bringing together fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from many of the state's most famous writers. A 2006 KET production.
807. Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War
Bill Goodman and a panel of guests discuss Richmond author Charles Bracelen Flood's book about the personal lives, war exploits, and friendship of Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. A 2006 KET production.
808. Teasing Secrets from the Dead
Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Kentucky state forensic anthropologist Emily Craig's book about forensic investigations at some of the most infamous scenes in recent history, including the Branch Davidian compound, the site of the Oklahoma City bombing, and the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. A 2006 KET production.
809. Ghosts of Old Louisville
Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss David Dominé's book about a picturesque Victorian neighborhood where unexplained occurrences abound in grand old mansions. A 2006 KET production.
810. Appalachian Home Cooking: History, Culture, and Recipes
Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Pikeville College professor Mark F. Sohn's book of recipes and culinary history, which traces how food traditions in Appalachia developed over two centuries of miners' and schoolkids' lunches, church picnics, Sunday dinners, and family reunions. A 2006 KET production.
811. Touch Wood
Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss a collection of short stories by Joe Ashby Porter that offers a mix of realistic and fabulist fictions, all reflecting Porter's keen sense of the unusual and the ironic. A 2007 KET production.
812. The Time of Man
Bill Goodman and a panel of readers discuss Elizabeth Madox Roberts' classic novel about the daughter of a poor sharecropper growing up in Kentucky's Knobs region. A 2007 KET production.



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